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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Oct 21, 2009 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Over-Rated

1. 5-8-77: Just another 77 show. Well played, but so were the other shows at this time.

2. Any show with Branford, especially 3-29-90. Other than the Eyes that reminded them just how good that song could be, I felt Branford to be a distraction, much like Hornsby became later on.

3. 1-22-78: Already mentioned, but why does a little tease from an overrated movie warrant all this attention. Rest of the show is par for the course given the time period.

4. Any New Year's show, especially 1978. Usually the definition of anti-climatic.

5. ????

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 21, 2009 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Over-Rated

Sometimes I feel the late Brent, "Post coma," shows get more praise than they deserve. I think the Cornell show is overrated, but only because , as you said , the surrounding shows may be just as good or close; the same could be said for Veneta .
I feel the 12/31/78 show is overrated, (boy do they look tired)!, I was at the UCLA show the night before and it MIGHT be better played on a whole, no Dark Star ( the NYs one seems a bit tepid, tentative, to me ) or Other One , but we did get Hamza and pals !
And , yes , Egypt is not as bad as it's detractors say, but nothing that great either . A big missed opportunity ,
Oh, and beware any review that describes an 80's show as being "high energy," usually means rushed , tempos, no real transitions, breathless "artificial energy" rhythms . That sort of "fake excitement, from aging rock stars ," sort of feel , you sometimes get .